Ashe Russell

27-Year-Old PitcherP
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a contract with the Royals in June of 2015. Released by the Royals in July of 2021.
Parts ways with Royals
PFree Agent  
August 3, 2021
The Royals released Russell on July 22.
After he hadn't pitched in affiliated ball since 2016 due to multiple injuries along with a self-imposed exile from baseball, Russell returned to action in July for the Royals' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate. Unfortunately for the 2015 first-round pick, the 24-year-old Russell did little to show he was ready to make good on his pedigree. Over four appearances in the ACL, Russell worked four innings and gave up three earned runs on two hits and eight walks. If Russell wants to keep his career going, he may have to do so in the independent ranks.
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2016 Fantasy Outlook
Russell did not do much to impress in his first taste of pro ball in 2015, but after the Royals traded most of their top pitching prospects last summer in an effort to win now, he will enter 2016 as a top-10 prospect in their farm system. Kansas City selected the 6-foot-4 prep righty with the 21st pick last year in a relatively weak draft class. He boasts an electric fastball and a slider, both of which have the potential to be plus offerings in time. Developing a changeup will be a key step in his development as a starting pitcher, but he could certainly make it as a reliever if that proves futile. Russell posted a 4.21 ERA with a 24:13 K:BB in 36.1 innings in rookie ball, suggesting he may not be quite ready for a full-season assignment. There is no need to roster the 19-year-old hurler just yet in most dynasty formats, but he has the stuff and the pedigree to make a jump up prospect lists with a strong 2016 campaign.
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Makes return from five-year absence
PKansas City Royals  
July 11, 2021
Russell (elbow) was assigned to the Royals' Arizona Complex League affiliate in late June and has made three appearances at that level, working 3.1 innings in total while allowing three runs on two hits and five walks.
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Recovering from Tommy John surgery
PKansas City Royals  
March 7, 2020
Russell is recovering from Tommy John surgery that he underwent last May, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.
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Returns to baseball
PKansas City Royals  
February 4, 2019
Russell will return to baseball after a break of over two years and will compete for a minor-league job with the Royals in spring training, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.
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Stepping away from baseball
PKansas City Royals  
July 7, 2017
Russell, the Royals' first-round pick in 2015, is taking an indefinite break from baseball, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Remaining at extended camp indefinitely
PKansas City Royals  
April 17, 2017
Russell has not been assigned to an affiliate for this season and will remain at the Royals' extended spring camp in Arizona while he works through some mechanical adjustments,'s Jeffrey Flanagan reports.
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